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Mauritania Appeals For Hunger Aid

September 1, 2002

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NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) _ Mauritania appealed Sunday for international aid, saying lack of rain was causing a food crisis that has put at risk nearly 1 million people and half of the desert nation’s cattle.

The West African nation needs 51,000 tons of food urgently to feed nearly 1 million people in drought-stricken rural areas, said Interior Minister Lemrabott sidi Mahmoud.

A nation of 2.6 million people bordering the Atlantic, Mauritania depends heavily on agriculture, including cattle. With the rainy season now three months old and little to show for it, the cattle in particular are suffering, the government said.

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